• Horror Manga Review

    Sensor

    My Review: Cosmic horror and cults, two of some of my favorite themes of Junji Ito’s work. Sensor, originally titled Travelogue of the Succubus is a mish mash of ideas that tie together into a bizarre story. The first story starts with a beautiful young woman stumbles upon a haunted town that venerates the “angel hair” that falls from a nearby volcano, this story was wild but interesting.We must view the universe, appreciate it, sate ourselves on it. This manga started off as an idea that gradually evolved farther and farther away from its premise. Ito himself writes in his epilogue that the story was originally envisioned to be about…

  • Classics Book Review,  Dystopia Book Review

    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    My Review: Winston is our everyman, a middle-aged average male living under the heel of a totalitarian regime. His work is bland, his food is bland, his everyday routine is bland. Winston is losing it, he wonders about the world that was before the party and resists in small ways. He ponders about the subtle ways that the party exerts its control, by perpetual war, by rewriting history, by lying so blatantly that the members of the party have to accept the lies as truth. Winston dreams of revolution and finds himself seeking out others like him. Nineteen Eighty-Four was not an easy read by any means, it’s startlingly brutal.…

  • Book Review

    Thinner

    Warnings: Violence, Sex, Racism, Descriptions of Starvation My Thoughts Do you know what one of the most un-fun things in the world is? Starving. Speaking as someone with experience and a stressful hospital stay because of it, this book has become that much more terrifying to me after that experience. Billy is a scum bag lawyer saddled with a gypsy curse that leaves him withering away slowly after committing a heinous crime. Both body and mind begin to deteriorate at an alarming rate and Billy finds himself fighting for his life. He goes through all the series of emotions you would expect from someone after they figure out that they’re…

  • YA Contemporary Book Review

    Looking for Alaska

    Warnings: Drug Use, Drunk Driving, Sexually Explicit Content My Thoughts If our early years are our Spring then adolescence is an invincible summer that feels like it’ll never end. Being a teenager, everything seems so much bigger, more life-changing, everything feels like a big deal. Miles goes to a boarding school seeking his great perhaps, the great unknown that will upend his boring life. At school, Miles meets Alaska, a magnetic young woman with a bad reputation, and quickly falls head over heels. What made this book special to me was that I just found it so relatable, I was reminded so much of how my high school experience had…

  • Book Review

    Shimmer and Burn

    Warnings: Violence My Thoughts Shimmer and Burn was much much darker than I expected and I LOVED it. A locked away kingdom ruled by a ruthless king, forbidden blood magic that is both beautiful and deadly, a power-hungry princess, a dying world infested with diseased cannibals–this book had it all. That is, except for the main character, Faris. This book was almost perfect for me, but I just wish that Faris wasn’t so bland. The book is carried by an extremely strong plot and well-developed side characters but.. well the story just sort of happens to Faris. She is constantly made out to be a fighter but she ends up…

  • Book Review

    Bird Box

    Warnings: Violence, Gore, Animal Death, Suicide My Thoughts There are very few books that I would consider hard to forget, but even years after I read Bird Box, I remember how much this book chilled me. With a world gone blind after a mysterious evil appears and drives humanity insane, the premise of this novel stands out. The absence of sight means that every sound or brush felt by the character immediately creates a tense atmosphere, Bird Box comes to life by using a horror writer’s best tool: the imagination of the reader. The story goes back and forth between the present-day, Malorie taking the children down the river, and…